Not As High As You'd Think! Weed Products In Oklahoma Less Potent Than Labels Claim

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  • According to testing results, samples were on average 78% weaker than their label stated. Some were all by close to 200%. 

Some marijuana products sold in Oklahoma are far less potent than stated on their labels, says lab manager at Havard Industries. Inaccurate labeling of cannabis products has been an issue across the U.S. Some companies have even been prosecuted. 

"We've been reading a lot of reports over the last several years about the inflation of THC, the potency numbers and how it was affecting different markets," said Jeffrey Havard of the lab, reported 75 Oklahoma's News. 

According to testing results from Havard Industries, samples were on average 78% weaker than their label listed, but some were off by up to 200%. 

"We went to three different dispensaries," Havard said. "We just asked the budtenders to give us one of each of the most popular strains. So, we end up getting 15 samples total and we tested all of those 15 individual samples out for their THC potency."

The outlet reached out to the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) but did not receive a response as to who is responsible for labeling cannabis products. The agency did confirm that a new quality assurance lab is in the process of setting up.

"This issue exemplifies the necessity of OMMA's quality assurance lab. Our lab will address this issue through advanced testing and testing standards," an OMMA spokesperson told the outlet. "As the regulatory agency tasked with regulating medical marijuana in Oklahoma, we strive to ensure all licensees are compliant with state laws."

The OMMA confirmed that once the quality assurance lab is established it will investigate any discrepancies between primary lab and reserve samples, and will distribute round-robin samples to each commercial lab for statistical analysts. 

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